Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) scores a touchdown in the first half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills Need to go Bold on Draft Day


Today we have the opportunity to post a guest post.  Chris Whitcomb has provided previous articles for us to share with you and is also part of our BLD Mock Draft.  We are currently trying to recruit Chris to join the BLD team.  You can see Chris’ previous submission about the passing of Ralph Wilson Jr and Jim Kelly.

Dear Buffalo Bills – Go Bold.

I can’t know exactly what Russ, Doug and Doug will do come draft day, but if I were a member of the Buffalo Bills brain trust I’d have one message Thursday night – lets go bold.

After 14 years of no playoffs, I’m done playing “bend but don’t break defense.” I don’t want to kick field goals from the 30-yard line. This year is not the season for hoping our players develop. It’s win or bust. And, when it’s win or bust, fortune favors the bold.

There are two ways the Bills can be bold Thursday night and it all centers on EJ Manuel.

If the Bills are all in on Manuel, then go get him the best offensive target in the draft. I’ll gladly give up a second round pick this year to get up and draft Sammy Watkins. Those who lament over not having the pick this year will quickly forget when Watkins starts hauling in touchdowns in September.

If the Bills aren’t all in on Manuel, then they need to be bold enough to cut the loss now.  Dragging the fans through a second year of Manuel with modest hopes he’ll improve is the wrong move. Elite teams have elite quarterbacks. If Whaley doesn’t believe Manuel’s elite – then go get a Manziel or a Bridgewater.

You’ll hear a ton of chatter Thursday night about how the smart move is moving down and stocking picks. The voices behind that chatter forget that fortune favors the bold. You can’t pick up fourth-and-one if you don’t go for it. You can’t score touchdowns if you don’t go for the end zone.

And, you can’t go for the end zone without elite WRs and QBs. So here’s hoping the Bills have the guts to go get one of those Thursday night.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Buffalo Bills

  • chas territo

    Here’s a paste of my comment to a story from another article. You call for bold, here is my idea of a bold move we can make.

    Ebron, I think is the better fit for the Bills and especially EJ. I’ve
    said it many times why I think Ebron can shorten the time for EJ to get a
    pass off, Ebron can run those quick, fast short to medium routes
    underneath and no LB or CB can cover him.Evans can do similar but not
    the same being outside where the look is a bit longer, maybe resulting
    in pressure or a sack. RZ routes seem better with Ebron than Evans altho
    Evans can run the same outside and fades that Ebron can but Ebron can
    run quick, straight up field turn and catch routes and cuts, slants and
    yes, fades. For my money while both players are definite play makers I
    still see Eric Ebron as the slightly better fit. GO BILLS!!